Man wanted for fatal hit and run accident apprehended

Man wanted for fatal hit and run accident apprehended

George David Welch of Vidor turned himself in to authorities earlier this morning in Orange County, reports DPS.  Welch was wanted on a felony arrest warrant related to a fatal hit and run accident in Oct. 2014.

According to DPS, Welch has been arraigned and his bond set at $50,000.  The Felony case of Failure to Stop and Render Aid Resulting in a Death will be handled by the District Attorney’s office in Orange county. DPS expected Welch to bond out of jail within the hour at the time of the release, 9 a.m.

"The Texas Department of Public Safety greatly appreciates the media for helping to get Welch’s information and photograph out to the public quickly," DPS stated in a news release. "The media coverage led many concerned citizens to call in tips to DPS about the possible whereabouts of Welch."

Original news release from DPS:

The Texas Department of Public Safety has issued a Felony arrest warrant for 37-year-old George David Welch of Vidor for a fatal hit and run crash that occurred on October 19, 2014 on Interstate 10 and FM 1136 in Orange County.

On October 19, 2014, at approximately 1:45 a.m., DPS Troopers were dispatched to a motorcycle crash on Interstate 10 at FM 1136 in Orange County. A 1982 Honda motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 in the outside lane when the vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle that fled the scene of the crash. Tommy Joe Reeves, 56 years old, of Orange was killed in the Hit and Run Crash.

At the crash scene, the investigating Trooper photographed and collected several items of evidence that were detached from the fleeing vehicle after striking Reeves’ motorcycle. The evidence was submitted to the DPS Crime Lab in Houston for blood and paint analysis. DPS Troopers combed through hundreds of vehicle part and serials numbers trying to uncover a match for the evidence which was collected at the crash scene. After almost three (3) months of investigating this crash, Troopers tied the evidence to George David Welch of Vidor and have issued a Felony Arrest Warrant for Failure to Stop and Render Aid Resulting in a Death (2nd Degree Felony).

The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for the public’s help in locating George David Welch. Welch’s last known address was in Vidor, Texas. If anyone has any information, please contact the DPS office at 936-699-7300. The phone lines are answered 24 hours a day.

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